Special Issue "New Pathways for Community Energy and Storage"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020) | Viewed by 30924
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Interests: energy transition; community energy; socio-technical systems; science-society interactions; environmetal history; responsible innovation; ecological restoration
Interests: innovation; energy; energy storage; gender, scenario srudies; technology assessment
Interests: community energy; integrated energy system; renewable energy; institutional design; responsible innovation; energy transition; energy citizenship
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Interests: community energy; socio-technological innovation; social impact assessment; value sensitive design; geography; commons
Our energy landscape is changing. Local communities are increasingly taking active roles and emerging as new actors in the energy system. For example, some local energy initiatives own solar panels, wind turbines and energy storage system collectively, while others build renewable energy configurations, together with other energy system actors. Community energy and energy storage may enable effective energy system integration and get maximum benefits of local generation. Energy storage is one of the key issues of the energy transition and local energy communities are important drivers behind the transformation towards a more sustainable energy system, particularly when it comes to decentralized energy systems. This may lead to more flexible and resilient energy supply systems, and therefore, can play an important role in achieving renewable energy and climate policy objectives.
New and innovative socio-technological energy storage configurations are emerging at local and regional levels. Energy storage technologies are going through a great deal of public discourse, networking and experimentation. The decreasing cost of energy storage and the increasing demand for local flexibility is opening up new possibilities for energy storage systems deployment at the local level. In this context, energy storage can help to better integrate the heat and electricity system at the local level and can positively contribute towards energy transitions while accommodating the needs and expectations of citizens and local communities. Yet, there are technological and social challenges of integrating energy storage in the largely centralized present energy system, which demands for socio-technical innovation. More attention is required in the societal dimensions of energy storage technology and the technological aspects of social innovation around energy storage technologies.
This Special Issue is being organized within the framework of the International Conference New Pathways for Community Energy and Storage organized by the Universities of Groningen and Twente on 6 and 7 of June 2019 in Groningen, the Netherlands.
This Special Issue aims to address important questions related to energy transitions and the role of community energy and storage therein. We invite submission from researchers and practitioners to provide new stimulating insights to continue efforts for promising pathways, in theory and practice, regarding technological and social aspects of energy transition.
In line with the key themes of the international conference, we accept submission on following key topics:
Transformative power of community energy
Citizens' engagement in community energy
Community energy storage and flexibility
New pathways for community energy innovation in practice
Local energy innovation
Changing roles and responsibilities
New pathways for local energy storage in practice
Responsible innovation in community energy
Community energy in Europe
Games as means for energy communication and involvement
New business models for community energy and storage
Community energy and low-carbon transition
Community energy storage: opportunities, challenges and perspectives
Developing country perspective on community energy
Aligning institutions and technology in community energy systems
Renewable energy communities, consumer (co-)ownership and energy sharing
Regulatory and institutional aspects of community energy and storage
Dr. Henny J. van der Windt
Dr. Ellen van Oost
Dr. Binod Koirala
Dr. Esther van der Waal
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- Community energy
- Community energy storage
- Local energy system
- Energy transition
- Socio-technical systems
- Governance and business models